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Azercosmos and iSAT Africa to provide satellite services

Azercosmos established a cooperation with iSAT Africa, a leading data, video and internet service provider serving Telco’s, ISP’s, Media companies, Enterprise Govt and others in Africa and Middle East. iSAT Africa services include MPLS, SDWan, Media solutions, OTT using terrestrial and satellite technologies. According to the agreement, iSAT Africa will …

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Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe completes ‘Perfect’ Trajectory Correction

The Emirates Mars Mission, EMM, the first interplanetary mission undertaken by an Arab nation,  announced the successful completion of TCM1 – its first trajectory correction maneuver and a major milestone for the mission, as the Mars Hope probe continues its 7-month journey to Mars. The maneuver marks the first firing of …

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The IAC 2020 Technical Program goes Virtual

The International Astronautical Federation’s annual event, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), has been at the center of innovation for the space community for 70 years. As such, the annual event plays an important role to allow space professionals and the young generation to disseminate their research and develop collaborations. The …

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UAE to launch a navigation satellite next year

The United Arab Emirates will launch a navigation satellite next year aimed at demonstrating the country’s technological capabilities, a top official told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “The first satellite will be launched in 2021 and the second – a technologically enhanced one – the following year,” said Dr. Khaled Al …

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Tawazun to create satellite assembly, integration and testing center

Tawazun Economic Council has formed a collaboration with Airbus and the National Space Science and Technology Center, NSSTC, from UAE University, to build and develop a Satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing, AIT, Center with the aim of manufacturing components and assembling, integrating and testing small to medium satellites. The AIT …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Middle East’s ‘little Sparta’ by Arhama Siddiqa

by Arhama Siddiqa, Research Fellow at Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad On July 19, the UAE successfully launched the first Arab mission to Mars — plans for which were first announced in 2014. The Al Amal (Hope) probe is expected to reach the red planet in February 2021, and its …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Christopher Johnson on Lunar Exploration Governance

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Christopher Johnson, Space Law Advisor at the Secure World Foundation talked about issues of developing the next phase of governance for space activities. That included the strengths and shortcomings of international, national, and contractual approaches to developing new norms for space activities. He shared some thoughts …

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Austrian Space Forum postpones Mars Analog Mission by one year

The Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) announced the postponement of its international Mars analog mission “AMADEE-20”. The simulation of a crewed mission to the Red Planet was originally scheduled to take place later this year in October in Israel. Due to pandemic related safety concerns the Austrian Space Forum in accordance …

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